Wilmington Sharks News for July 29th, 2015

By / Local Sports / Wednesday, 29 July 2015 04:00

Scott Tosses Gem as Sharks Blanked in Edenton

Each starting pitcher on the mound on Saturday night brought their best stuff as the Wilmington Sharks (24-22) had just two hits in their 1-0 loss to the Edenton Steamers (34-14). This marks the second time of the summer the Sharks have been shutout, and the third straight game at Historic Hicks Field where the Steamers have thrown shutouts.
Matt Festa carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Sam Foy was the game’s first baserunner in the first inning on a walk. Following Foy’s walk, Festa retired the next 16 Sharks in succession. Festa’s no-hit bid was broken up by Matt Whatley’s single down the right field line.
Festa’s opposition, Reed Scott, had an incredible outing as well. Scott threw seven innings, relenting three hits and allowing the game’s lone run in the sixth. The run scored on two hits and the second of the two Sharks errors.

Sharks Down Pilots 13-7

The bats were active early and often as the Wilmington Sharks (24-21) used 9 runs across the first 4 innings and a 4 run 9th to defeat the Peninsula Pilots (23-21) on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton VA. The Sharks have won three straight games and continue their playoff push.
Caleb Johnson earned the win, tossing five innings, allowing a single run on five hits while striking out two and walking two. Johnson worked with a comfortable lead as the bats were working early.
Nick Rotola singled on the first pitch of the game, and then Brett Smith drew a walk immediately afterwards. Sam Foy’s single loaded the bases for Kyle Nowlin, who knocked a single to score two. The bats stayed hot in the second as the Sharks scored 4 runs on walks issued to Andy Austin and another to Brett Smith. Sam Foy’s triple would score them both. Nowlin knocked in Foy with another single, and Alex Destino’s double cleared the bases. Destino’s homerun in the fourth inning was his 5th of the summer and extended Wilmington’s lead to 8-0. Peninsula scratched first in the fourth inning with a lone run. The score would remain 8-1 until the 8th inning, when Peninsula brought in 3 on 3 straight hits. Wilmington tacked insurance runs to cushion their lead in the 9th. A double by Jose Hernandez got the ball rolling for the Sharks. A walk, fielder’s choice, two errors, a Nick Rotola double, and Sam Foy’s sacrifice fly would bring in 4 runs. Foy finished the night 3-5 with a triple and 3 RBIs, while Nowlin finished 2-6 with 3 RBIs. The past two games, the two are a combined 9-19 with 21 total bases, 12 RBIs and 7 scored runs.
Peninsula used five hits and one Sharks error to bring in six runs across the 8th and 9th innings, but it wouldn’t be enough. Andrew Locklear, Jack Metcalf, Kevin Boswick, and Evan Brabrand worked in relief of Johnson.

HiToms Blown Away by Sharknado

On the night of Sharknado 3’s premiere on televisions across the globe, the Wilmington Sharks (23-21) used a storm of an offensive onslaught to defeat the High Point - Thomasville HiToms (22-23) by a score of 10-2 on Wednesday night at Finch Field in Thomasville.
The storm began in the top of the first inning as Wilmington brought in three runs on three hits, including RBI doubles by Sam Foy and Kyle Nowlin. The winds intensified as four more runs came across in the third.
 Matt Whatley drew a walk and stole a base. Sharks would be on the corners following Sam Foy’s second hit of the ballgame. Foy finished the night 3-5 with an RBI and three scored runs. Alex Destino’s single brought in Whatley. With two men on, Kyle Nowlin deposited a fastball beyond the fence in left-center field to clear the bases.
Sharks starter Hunter Smith earned the win after throwing six solid innings. He allowed just one run on four hits, striking out seven and walking a single HiTom. Jack Metcalf, Bill Little, Trey Jones, and Joe Bialkowski worked in relief of Smith.  Smith and the Sharks pitching staff got more offensive support as Kyle Nowlin hit his second homerun of the night in the seventh inning to finish the ballgame 3-3 with 6 RBIs and 10 total bases. Foy, Destino, Nowlin were a combined 9-12 with 9 RBIs and 18 total bases, while scoring 7 of the teams 10 runs on the night.


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